Thursday, January 17, 2013

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: Calls to artists, an open mic, a flash-mob and other fun stuff

Of course it's ridiculous, and that's the whole point .... Details from the event  artist Cat del Buono is planning are below. Keep them quiet because you wouldn't want to ruin the surprise. (Photo courtesy of Cat del Buono)
 Artists and other interested parties are needed for an event being organized by artist Cat del Buono. A message from Cat: "Please join me on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. for a flash-mob type of event. We will meet at 924 Lincoln Road (ArtCenter) where I will hand out balloons and wax candy lips for everyone to wear (see attached photo). Once we prepare our 'wardrobe,'" we will all exit at once and overtake Lincoln Road. I need a lot of people to make an impact! But please email me at to let me know if you are joining me so I can have enough lips and balloons for everyone. (Don't forget - keep the event quiet! It's suppose to be a surprise.) Thanks!!!"

• Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program will commission one or two artists or artist teams to "design, build and install functionally integrated public art projects" at Broward Addiction Recovery Center and the Nancy J. Cotterman Center, which assists victims of sexual assault and child abuse crimes.

As stated in its call to artists: "Artwork opportunities include but are not limited to durable, low- maintenance enhancements to the building interiors, exterior courtyards and therapeutic gardens.  Specific locations for artwork opportunities are to be determined as a result of collaboration and interaction with project team and agency during design team meetings after the artist is selected.  The addition of functionally integrated public art to this project is intended to affect attitude, emotional state and perception in a positive and uplifting way, create hope and help clients better cope with difficulties, and result in environments that are more welcoming and uplifting for clients, their families and visitors. These projects are on a fast track for the artist selection process ... Interested artists should apply only if they are able to commit intensive time to the project during the spring of 2013 when the most effective collaborations with the design team are anticipated to occur." More details can be found here.

Deadline to apply is midnight (Mountain Standard Time) Jan. 29. Questions should be direction to Public Art and Design Project Manager Claire Garrett, 954-357-7236 or

  Green Room in Fort Lauderdale seeks artists to submit one to three works for its Love & Poison show. As stated in the call to artists, "This event will feature works highlighting love, lust, the busted break ups, the mushy, the edgy, and whatever in between. Painting, sculpture, photography, illustration, mixed media, live artists, and body painters are welcome." 

Confirmed Artists include Wicked Apple Body Art, Gina Bentivegna, Dibbie Jane, Cary Polkovitz and others. Art must be delivered to Green Room 6-9 p.m. Feb. 7  and picked up 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28. The event will also feature  films by Humaya Films, a performance by Cupcake Burlesque, goodies from Sweet Spot Catering, and a raffle. The four-hour opening party starts at 10 p.m. Feb. 13.
Admission is $10 and include drink specials and live music. Questions should be directed to Gina at

 Broward artists interested in entering the public art field may apply for the Duane Hanson Allied Artist Program, which Duane Hanson, an international recognized sculptor who lived in Broward and served on the Public Art and Design Committee, established 19 years ago.

As the Broward Cultural Division's Public Art and Design Program noted in its ongoing call to artists:

"The purpose of the Award Program is to provide local artists the opportunity to assist experienced artists commissioned for major projects of $50,000 or more by the Public Art and Design Program, in order to gain the technical and administrative expertise needed to compete within the field of public art. Allied Artists are matched up with commissioned artists based on their level of experience, artistic medium and general interests. Pre-qualified artists who are chosen for a specific project will be compensated for their serviceas an Allied Artist.  The responsibilities of Allied Artists include, but are not limited to, coordinating and attending community and agency meetings; conducting research regarding materials, design issues, and building codes; assisting in the coordination and installation of artworks; writing reports, and any other duties requested by the commissioned artist that relate to the design, fabrication and installation of the artwork.

Mid-career professional artists who have resided in Broward County for a minimum of two (2) years, and who have a strong interest in gaining expertise in the public art process are encouraged to apply. Artists working in all media are eligible. No prior public art experience is required. Broward artists are asked to submit: letter of interest, professional résumé, a CD with 10 digital images of recent work, an annotated image list. "

The Broward Public Art and Design Committee will develop a list of local artists who may be considered for future Allied Artist Awards, and notify them by mail of their acceptance. More details can be found here.

Wynwood Warehouse Project, a 1500-square-foot gallery that holds solo and group exhibition, offers details about its program on an Artist Co-op Project. Regular yearly dues are $3,000 and details of what they promise in return are on WWP's Artist Co-Op Info Page.

One Struggle Monthly Open Mic seeks musicians, spoken word artists and comedians. Evan Rowe will  MC this month's event, which will feature comedians Ron Beau and Mike Alexander and singer-songwriters Travis Newbill and Ian Wehmeyer. Suggested donation is $10 and include a few beers. The event runs 8-10 p.m. Jan. 17 at Undergrounds Coffeehaus, 3020 N. Federal Hgihway in Fort Lauderdale. 

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